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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2012 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol

The latest “new” Bristol is still not the Bristol of old. But between the buzz, the wrecks and a decent crowd, the August night race resembled its former self for the first time since the pre-Chase era.

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2011 Phoenix Fall Race Recap

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Kasey Kahne elected to pit early for his final stop. Meanwhile, Carl Edwards was leading the race but ran up on his old buddy Brad Keselowski, who was trying not to get lapped (and perhaps sending some subtle payback Edwards’ way.) By the time the No. 99 abandoned the effort to pass the No. 2, Edwards had given up too much time to Kahne.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2011 Great Clips 300 at Atlanta

Despite the best efforts of Kyle Busch to run him down, Carl Edwards topped a dominant evening with his 35th career Nationwide Series win Saturday night in front of a stellar crowd at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top 5.

Though Edwards led 101 of the 195 laps led en route to victory, side-by-side racing at the front of the field proved plentiful, with each of the drivers in the top 5 taking turns at the front. Goodyear seemed to get the tire situation under control after fielding rocks at Bristol a week ago, with the rubber proving to wear on the abrasive Atlanta service. Drivers throughout the field were seen visibly wrestling with loose race cars throughout the 300 miles.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Meijer 300

Surprise, surprise. Joey Logano won the pole. Joey Logano won Saturday night’s Nationwide Series race at Kentucky. And Cup regulars finished 1-2-3, with Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski playing bridesmaid to Logano, whose win marked the third consecutive season he’s won the Kentucky NNS race from the pole dating back to his first career win.

Though a few drivers were able to keep up with his No. 20 car on restarts, the long run proved to be a boon for JGR’s Toyotas as Logano was uncontested coming to the checkers. Fortunately for the fans watching, both Scott Wimmer and Brendan Gaughan (who each banked top 10 finishes) were able to keep up with Sliced Bread for at least a few laps. Mike Bliss also got around the No. 20 at lap 156, but he would spin late after losing the lead, finishing 24th.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Heluva Good 200 at Dover

Cup regulars ran roughshod over the Nationwide Series field all day Saturday, with Kyle Busch winning the pole by obliterating David Green‘s 2004 qualifying record and proceeding to lead 191 laps in scoring already his fourth win of the 2010 season, enduring several late race restarts to do so. Cup regulars, who scored seven of …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Royal Purple 200 at Darlington

For the 36th time in the last 82 Nationwide Series races, a Joe Gibbs Racing entry visited victory lane, with Denny Hamlin holding off teammate Kyle Busch to score his first Nationwide Series victory of 2010 and first since Kansas back in 2008. Hamlin, who won the pole for Friday night’s race as well, combined …

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What’s Vexing Vito: Why NASCAR Needs to Put the Gloves Back On Before Somebody Gets a Black Eye

I have a number of dog-eared copies of the old racing newsletter Southern MotoRacing, given to me in a Peters shotgun shell box by my father. Bill Tuthill and Hank Schoolfield’s weekly racing mailer was one of the few forms of communication of our favorite sport available to those of us unfortunate enough to live …

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Mirror Driving: Chase Longshots, RCR’s Consistency & Judging Leffler

Six races into the season, history tells us nearly three-quarters of the Chase field will be there after the checkered flag at Richmond in September. So who’s the biggest name currently outside the top 12 that’s not going to make it back in, and why?

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not: NASCAR Stars of the Past & Future

Basketball Cinderellas may dance onto our radar screen this week in the form of the NCAA Tournament… but they’ve been visible in the NASCAR world all along. Nationwide and Truck drivers look for some small scraps of attention every week, trying to establish (or maintain) their careers in the face of Danica-Mania, Cupwhackers and an …

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A Look Back: The Top 10 NNS Performances of 2009

Anyone that’s read my Nationwide Series coverage over the course of the 2009 season knows full well that it’s been hard for me to find positive things to say. And as hard as I have tried to come up with some insightful concluding words to head into the off season by, I instead decided to …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Able Body Labor 200 at Phoenix

Well, no one can accuse Carl Edwards of going down without a fight. With Kyle Busch holding a commanding points lead coming into the two final races of the 2009 season, Edwards drove at Phoenix like he still had a shot. Leading over 100 laps while holding off fellow points challenger Brad Keselowski and a …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 O’Reilly Challenge at Texas

The ESPN crew in the booth on Saturday made the claim that Kyle Busch was on such a rail that they ought to rename Texas Motor Speedway “Kyle Busch Speedway.” That may be a little much, but Busch certainly made his fourth consecutive Nationwide Series victory look easy, leading 179 of the 200 laps run …

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